[Portland, Ore., February 4, 2013] – Northwest Food Processors Association (NWFPA) awarded one of the industry’s highest awards to Ed Johnson, former President of Oregon Cherry Growers, at the annual Education & Research Institute event January 13, 2013 in Portland, Ore.
NWFPA Chairman Kurt McKnight presented the association’s Key Award in recognition of Johnson’s contribution to the food processing industry. The NWFPA Key Award is given to the processor member who has contributed a lifetime of achievement and demonstrates the best qualities of effective leadership and diligence to advance the programs and objectives of the Association.
“Ed Johnson has been a stalwart supporter of NWFPA his entire career,” said McKnight. “He has served in leadership capacities on the board, Executive Committee, ERI board of directors and the ERI chair. As the NWFPA chair, he played an instrumental leadership role in developing and growing the association. As Chair of ERI, he has led us through a key period of transition and has championed a new direction for the ERI. In addition to his leadership roles, he has served on several NWFPA committees, including Government Affairs and Finance,” he said.
“Under his leadership at Oregon Cherry Growers, Ed worked to recruit new members to our association. He encouraged Oregon Cherry Growers staff to participate in NWFPA events and encouraged them to get involved on our committees. He is a strong supporter of NWFPA cluster activities and the innovation program, and I’m proud to recognize and honor him with this award.”
For more information, call the Northwest Food Processors Association at 503-327-2200 or visit www.nwfpa.org.
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Northwest Food Processors Association (NWFPA) represents the interests of food processors in Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Members include fruit and vegetable processors, seafood, dairy, poultry, bakeries, specialty and fresh-cut. Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, the association represents 450 member companies including nearly 80 food processors which employ 75,000 workers at 175 production facilities throughout the Northwest.
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